Women who are thinking of having an Orange County breast enlargement have plenty of decisions to make regarding the shape, type, and placement of their implants. Most patients today know the basics of implant type and volume, but to first-time breast enhancement patients, implant “projection” is often a new concept.
What Is It?
Implant projection or “profile” is the distance the implant will extend forward from the chest wall. Both saline and silicone-gel breast implants can have low, moderate, moderate plus, or high projection, and the actual measurements of how far each implant projects will differ depending on the size and base width of the implant (which I will explain in a minute).
Breast Implant Projection: Key Facts
Projection is an important choice for good results because it helps define the apparent size of your implant. The right choice of projection can play a big role in how natural your results look.
A few important facts you need to know:
- Projection is not the same as volume. Many Orange County breast enlargement patients who want noticeably larger breasts assume that they need high-profile implants, and some smaller-framed women will shy away from the idea of higher-profile implants assuming that higher projection implants will mean bigger breasts. In reality, projection is relative, and it is just only one of multiple variables (volume, implant type, and implant placement, as well as your individual body structure) that all influence how your results will look.
For example: A woman with a tall, thin frame and some loose breast tissue may choose a higher-profile implant to help ensure smooth results without requiring her to undergo a lift procedure or to fill up the extra space with a larger-volume implant. The “size” of her implants may still be moderate – only the surface area and projection have changed.
- Projection is not the only characteristic that determines shape. The two basic shapes of breast implants are round and teardrop, and to some extent implant type (saline or silicone) and placement also affect the shape of your new breasts. Projection and the width of the “base,” the flat “back” of the implant that will rest against the muscles of the chest wall, both help define shape along with these other factors.
For example: A larger-profile implant with a larger base will give gentle, very natural-looking curves to a woman who has a larger frame. A smaller woman will need an implant with a smaller base, so on her body a high-profile implant would appear much more conical.
- The best base and projection for your shape depend on a number of factors. These include your body shape and the amount of breast tissue you already have. Your personal goals will influence these choices, but your physical shape will determine your range of options for what will look natural and appealing.
At my Orange County plastic surgery practice, many of the problems I see with secondary (revision) breast augmentation procedures result from poor implant choices from the beginning, so you should be careful to choose a surgeon who you are sure has the skills to evaluate your form accurately and make reliable recommendations for your shape.